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Bush Rat

Bush Rat

Bush Rat
Bush Rat
Photographer - Gary Lewis
Source - Gary Lewis Photography Pty. Ltd

Rattus fuscipes

The Bush Rat has typical yellow, rodent incisors in both upper and lower jaws. It has a soft, long furred coat, brownish above and often with a russet tinge across the back of its neck. The belly is a soft grey colour.

Bush Rats are absent on the Mornington Peninsula and west of Port Phillip Bay but occur in the Melbourne area, mainly to the north and east and including the tall forests.

They live in a wide range of habitats, from coastal scrub to woodland and rainforest where they may burrow in soft soil, or use rock crevices and fallen timber for shelter.

Their food varies seasonally and includes fruit, seeds, other plant tissues and some invertebrates such as arthropods.

The peak of the breeding season is from November to January with an average litter size of four to eight young.

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